Regional News — July 9, 2016 at 8:36 am — Updated: July 11, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Betsi budget overspent by £19.5 million

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The Welsh Government has revealed the Betsi Cadwaladr health board overspent by £19.5 million during the last financial year.

The North Wales health board, which remains under special measures, says the overspend represented 1.5% of its budget. It was not expected to break even this year, but the board is trying to save £42.8 million to balance its books by 2017.

Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, told AMs that he remained confident the budget for health and social services across Wales would still break even via savings.

The Hywel Dda board in mid and west Wales also overspent by £31.2 million – it was granted an extra £23.9 by the Welsh Government which will have to be repaid. No further cash was given to Betsi.

A spokesperson for Betsi said the deficit was slightly below its annual forecast by some £200,000 – overall, there was a net expenditure of £1.3 billion.

Last month, Mr Gething said challenges were still ahead for the health board – including improving mental health services across the region. The Welsh Government intervened in June 2015, following a damning report into the abuse of patients on the Tawel Fan ward at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.

Trevor Purt was suspended and later resigned as the board’s chief executive – his replacement, Gary Doherty, took over in February.

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